With Focus Staff for over 8 years now, this U.S. Marine was built for a challenge. Which is why he’s so good at what he does: helping health care professionals find their perfect 13-week assignments and backing them up the whole way. Oh, and if you’re ever in a pizza eating contest with him, prepare to lose.
Born and bred in Dallas, Darryl is a huge fan of the Mavericks. MFFL (that’s Mavs Fan for Life, for those not in the know). Before joining Focus Staff and getting into the staffing industry, Darryl was a Baptist Missionary, going on missionary trips to Albania and the Czech Republic. A life long student, Darryl is devoted to learning something new every day. You may find him sending a daily motivational quote, or thought for the day. Now, who doesn’t appreciate that?!?
Originally born in Houston Texas, and raised by two “amazingly supportive” parents. Holly claims her three best friends to be her younger brother and two older sisters. She graduated from Texas Tech University with a degree in Public Relations. She loves hiking, and has struggled her way to the top of Colorado peaks. She is also a pretty solid golfer. Her true calling is to give back to others, and loves the opportunity to help healthcare professionals find amazing jobs.
Dalena was born in California and has now lived half of her life in California, and half in Texas.
One of her favorite sayings is “Every day may not be good, but there is good in every day.” She is passionate about happiness and being a positive force.
She got into recruiting because she wanted to start a new adventure, and chapter in her life.
When she’s not recruiting, you can find her reading, writing poetry and spoken word. *snaps*
Jordi was born in Mexico City, and raised in Arlington Texas. He loves soccer, and Real Madrid is his favorite team.
He is passionate about technology, fashion, fitness, and design. That is why he loves the Focus Staff’s modern office design so much.
He got into recruiting, because he loves being the connection on jobs, and helping people make more money in traveling. Before getting into recruiting and graduating college, he worked at Home Depot. So if you have any questions on flooring, or dryers, he is your guy!
Delaney is one of our few employees who isn’t from Texas. We won’t hold that against her. She is originally from Arvada Colorado, and has spent a number of years in the service industry. She had a lot of experience in recruiting and management there, and loves the idea of doing so in the healthcare space. Since she is new to Dallas, she is often getting out and exploring her new city and its restaurant scene. If she is having a bad day, she believes she can “toss my hair into a messy bun, put on some rap, and then I can handle about anything!”
Jennifer is from San Mateo, California! You can catch Jennifer enjoying outdoor activities, listening to music, and spending time with her granddaughter and fur babies. She loves animals, tattoos and traveling. Jennifer has traveled to every country and excited to knock 8 states in the US off her list. She must admit that Belize and Honduras were one of her favorite adventures!
Jennifer’s friend of 15 years introduced her to recruiting. Now they are both happy employees at Focus Staff. Jennifer states, “the best thing about my position is being able to help healthcare professionals get positions that they love and seeing travelers explore the world!”
Toni was born and raised here in Dallas, Texas. She comes from both Greek and Salvadorian descent. If having trouble, her last name is pronounced “Poppa-ma-hal-is.” We know, lots of vowels there.
She loves collecting jewelry, sneakers, comedies, shopping, eating and her two husky dogs.
Prior to working at Focus Staff, she was involved in hiring for Target. She has always been drawn to the people side of business, and loves helping travelers find great assignments while helping them make rewarding paychecks.
Marybel was born in Dallas Texas, and then raised in the northern suburbs thereafter.
She is the mother of three wonderful “babies” as she calls them. Their ages are 17, 15, and 12 so not exactly babies anymore!
Prior to working at Focus Staff, she worked with pediatrics in a clinic setting and loved working with the patients and their families.
She is a self described “homebody” but does love to host house parties. She loves any movie with Leonardo DiCaprio in it, or Gerard Butler, or Brad Pitt of course.
She loves recruiting because she gets to talk to such a wide variety of people everyday. Getting to know them, their motivations, and their background is such a fun part of her work. She says calling a candidate with a job offer is a thrill like no other!
Drew was born in Dallas, and then spent most of his formative years growing up in the suburbs just north of Dallas.
His favorite movie is either War Dogs, or Wolf of Wall Street. We promise he doesn’t act anything like that guy however. He loves to get out on the lake for the water sports. He also loves to play golf any chance he can.
He is a proud alum of the University of Oklahoma, and hes not the first in his family. His grandparents, parents, and his sister all went to OU as well.
He has since been in the staffing business every since graduation. In his words, “I love what I do because I’m in the people business. Its hard not to love that.”
Angela is one of our few North-easterners, and was born and raised in Stamford Connecticut.
She has been married for a really long time and is very happy about it too! She has three amazing sons, all of whom are grown. She does very much, miss them being small however. She looks forward to becoming a grandmother but thats all still in the works.
Her favorite movie is “Collateral Beauty” and she loves taking long drives and blogging in her spare time. She loves her house plants, so much so that she sings to them. Hey, whatever it takes to keep those little babies happy!
She has been in the travel nurse space for quite some time, and really loves helping nurses get awesome jobs and make great money while doing it. In her words, she loves to “help people get to their placed called ‘better’!”
Jon is originally from Jacksonville, Florida and now lives in San Antonio Texas.
He has been in the industry for a couple of years now, and in this brief time, he has shown to be an extremely competent and high-performing recruiter.
In his spare time, he loves to hike with his wife and dogs, play tennis, go golfing, and watch football.
He has a full house at present, with 3 dogs and 3 cats. His vacuum cleaner definitely gets a workout!
His favorite thing about healthcare recruiting is getting to work with awesome nurses every day and learn their personal stories. Every day in recruiting is different, and he loves being able to impact someone’s life and career in the positive.
Ragene aka “Gena” Comanche was born and raised in Arlington Texas, just outside of Dallas.
She loves cooking, binging on Netflix dramas, playing Dominos, and writing in her spare time.
Her favorite movie is Next Friday (RIP Debo). She has two beautiful pitbulls/fur babies named Rose’ and a boy named Kilo.
She loves recruiting and what she does because of the relationships she is building with people from all over the country and with different backgrounds.
Words she ascribes and lives to are “the only limitations you’ll ever have are those that you place upon yourself.”
Katy was born in Methuen Massachusetts and grew up in Danville New Hampshire. (sub 5000 residents. Her dads side of the family was part of the original families to live there and still do now) She was a competitive dancer for fifteen years doing; hip hop, jazz, tap, ballet and lyrical. She can also rap “Baby Got Back” start to finish acapella. Please test her on that ability!
In her spare time, she loves crafting. You can find her working on a new painting, or refurbishing furniture or creating a whole new piece. (she has a coffee and and end table that she made from scratch) She has a three year old Australian shepherd named Bentley, three African dwarf frogs (Ziggy, Squirt, and Shakira) and two fish (Stu and Lou). Wow!
She loves recruiting for Focus Staff, because at the end of the day, we are all collectively dedicated to servicing our healthcare professionals. These same healthcare professionals are the ones out there, on the front lines making a difference!
Her favorite quote is “Thousands of Candles can be lit from a single candle and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared” That is profound stuff!
Dallas was born in Las Cruces New Mexico, but then grew up in Frisco Texas. The move was actually because he was bitten on the head by a snake. Ouch!
He loves his New Orleans Saints, and Drew Brees. He has a German Shorthaired Pointer named Lola, and he also used to bowl professionally- so don’t challenge him on the lanes!
He loves recruiting because it gives him the opportunity to give back to a community that has sacrificed so much to save the lives of millions.
His favorite quote is from the big book, “Do not with hold good from those to whom it is due when it is in your power to act” -Proverbs 3:27
Allison is a native of New York state, growing up in Rockland County. Although growing up in New York, she is a die hard Dallas Cowboys fan!
She says her most valuable asset is “to not let bad times or situations get the best of me. I always land on my feet.”
She loves helping people, making successful placements, staffing hospitals in need and giving people unique opportunities. She finds the work very rewarding.
One of her favorite quotes is “The man who knows something, knows that he knows nothing at all” -Erykah Badu
Ariel was born and raised in a small town in Indiana, and works remotely for Focus Staff.
She’s an avid fan of both the New England Patriots, and the St Louis Cardinals. She has a nine year old son, and a four year old daughter. She also has a golden retriever named Brady (yes she loves the Patriots) and a weird obsession with going to Orange Theory classes. She says she is a very positive person, and that may annoy some people. Those people just might have to deal with it I guess??
One of her favorite quotes is “Life is a party once you realize it is”
Camry was born and raised in Phoenix Arizona, but is now a proud Dallasite. When she is not recruiting, she loves to spend time singing and writing poetry. She is also great doing nails! She has a true passion for helping others, and she loves that Focus Staff allows her to help others in a positive way. One of her favorite quotes is “Reality is a projection of your thoughts or the things you habitually think about.”
Michelle was born and raised in Cincinnati Ohio. She loves football and is a die hard Bengals fan! She is extremely thoughtful and says “If you tell me you dislike onions, you only have to tell me once-and I’ll never forget.” One of her favorite lines is from a Dave Matthews song..”Would you like to dance around the world with me?” She loves to travel, go to concerts, listen to great music, work out, anything outdoors, and also loves to cook. She loves recruiting because she loves building relationships. She says its such an amazing feeling to get a nurse that job they are wanting. “Whether its your first nurse or your fiftieth, the feeling is always amazing.
Dylan is originally from New Orleans, spent some of his childhood in Houston and now calls Dallas/Fort Worth home. Dylan is not only great at recruiting, but the man can hold a tune. He placed first chair-his senior year in high school choir. He loves playing music, and also investing in real estate and stocks. He has three cats at home as well. He loves what he does because he gets to work with so many good people and helps them maximize their potential. Two of his favorite quotes are “The best revenge is massive success” -Frank Sinatra and “To do a common thing uncommonly well brings success”
Kaitlin is one of our handful of MidWesterners, hailing from Ellsworth Iowa. She has been in the recruiting field for several years now. She went to Iowa State, and may not have known then she would get into healthcare recruiting, but she is loving it as her current profession. When she isn’t busy helping out her healthcare professionals, you may find her with her chihuahuas-as she currently has three of them. She is also very much into interior decorating, fashion, and styling people. If you need some fashion tips, she just may be able to help you out! She loves healthcare recruiting, for the connections it lends her and being able to put her travelers into dream assignments! One of her favorite expressions is “Let go…Let God”
McKenna is another one of our Midwesterners, being born and raised in Omaha Nebraska. This of course lends her to being a ravid Cornhuskers fan! She is also a huge fan of the former NFL player, Danny Woodhead because she loves his work ethic and trust in God. McKenna has some unique hobbies and interests including; horse jumping, live country music, scuba diving, F45 workouts, and of course hanging out with family and friends. If she is watching TV, its likely going to be a documentary or psychological thriller. She loves recruiting and Focus Staff for the opportunity to help people and to work in such a dynamic and friendly work environment. One of her favorite sayings is “and then there is the most dangerous risk of all…the risk of spending your life not doing what you want on the bet you can buy yourself the freedom later.”
Sabrina is one of our awesome Account Coordinators. She is a born and raised Dallasite! This means she’s a devoted Dallas Cowboys fan. We back her fandom.
She loves her position because it allows her to build solid relationships with healthcare facilities while also providing them with excellent travelers.
In her free time, she likes to find new, yummy restaurants to try out with her friends and family. Sabrina also likes fitness. She enjoys jogging and will sprinkle some weightlifting in.
A favorite quote of her’s is “The purpose of our lives is to be happy” – Dalai Lama
Aunna is a remote recruiter of ours based in Scottsdale, AZ. She grew up in Denver but never became accustomed to the cold. She decided to hang up her coats and head to AZ. She has been loving the heat and is very happy with her move.
Focus Staff has been a great fit for Aunna because she feels her position as a recruiter gives her the opportunity to experience the exciting journeys with her travelers. She loves providing support and vows to be your #1 cheerleader.
When Aunna hangs up her pom-poms (get it? because she’s the travelers cheerleader) she is hanging out with friends enjoying some wine and delicious dinners. She’s a true foodie and genuinely loves trying new foods. She also loves taking her fur baby to the dog park and then enjoying a good workout ( HIIT is her favorite). Aunna also loves fashion. Maybe she can help you plan some outfits and book your next assignment! What a steal.
One of Aunna’s favorite quotes is “Work & you’ll get what you need; work harder and you’ll get what you want”.
Brodie is a remote recruiter living in sunny California. He is a born and raised Californian which gave him his love for outdoors.
He loves board sports, swimming, and hiking. He loves tattoos and loves yours too- He loves to hear the stories behind people’s tattoos. He has a love for traveling and experiencing new food and cultures.
Even though he isn’t from Dallas, home of our headquarters, Brodie is a Dallas Cowboys fan. We love to see it! He loves to catch a game with friends and family. He’s also a Conor McGregor fan (aren’t we all!).
Focus Staff has allowed Brodie to make real connections with his travelers and help them on their journey. He gets to meet and connect with many different personality types; this fills his cup.
Brodie’s all-time favorite quote, that continues to inspire him to never get complacent or bored with life is “When’s the last time you did something for the first time?.”
Joy was born in Las Vegas, NV. She moved a lot as a kid and landed in Omaha, NE. She loves Omaha!
Joy enjoys being a recruiter because she gets to help connect people with real life experiences. From their new location, to the facilities, to gaining experience in their respective fields.. it’s all a part of an adventure.
We have a bit of a musician on our hands with Joy. She can play a smattering of piano, trumpet, clarinet, oboe and piccolo. She also loves to get lost in a science-fiction/fantasy book. She loves reading! She has taught herself a little Japanese and Spanish but is still a novice. Being a football fan, you can find her cheering on the Pittsburgh Steelers when they’re playing.
One of Joy’s Favorite quotes is “The purpose of our lives is to be happy.” – The Dalai Lama. “
Colleen grew up in a Chicago suburb, lived in Chicago proper for four years and is back in the suburbs for now. She loves CHICAGO, as its her favorite city amongst all the others. She has a close knit family with three siblings, two brothers, and her sister. She says Family before everything!
She loves healthcare recruiting because getting healthcare professionals their dream jobs, is incredibly fulfilling work.
She loves sports, and of course Chicago teams. She loves the Chicago Bears, the Chicago Bulls, and is actually a White Sox fan over the Cubs! She can sing and play guitar, and does so on the side. She used to do local shows in Chicago but says stage fright is “a REAL thing” and would prefer not to be on stage alone. “Who wants to be in her band??”
Her favorite quote is “Any Day spent with you is my favorite day, so today is my new Favorite Day” -Winnie the Pooh
Holly grew up in Henderson, Kentucky and was raised there as well. Its right across the bridge from Evansville, Indiana. She went to school in Bowling Green, Kentucky which is just an hour and a half away from where she grew up. She says this town holds a special place in her heart and she can’t ever imagine herself leaving.
She loves working at Focus Staff, and in her role because she gets to help healthcare professionals get amazing jobs and does a lot behind the scenes to make sure that happens.
She has two brothers and a sister. She is the youngest of all of them. She lives with her fiance, and they have two golden doodles who she says are her “absolute world.” In college, Holly was a D1 athlete and was on the cheer team from 2013-2017 and even got to third place in Nationals.
One of her favorite quotes is “Perhaps this is the moment for which you have been created” Esther 4:14
Looking for ice skating tips or some deep dish on a celeb, Safiya’s your girl. 😉 Growing up in New York and Long Island, she had the opportunity to meet celebrities, develop relationships and as the only child, her parents created an amazing upbringing which meant she spent lots of time in her backyard which is no surprise since she now lives in West Palm Beach, FL.
She joined Focus Staff because of the culture and the people she surrounds herself with and having the opportunity to develop great relationships with partners. Quote to live by is “Turn your wounds into wisdom.” – Oprah Winfrey
Hailing from Sardis, Alabama (it’s okay if you need to pull up a map), Dakota spent most of his life there before moving to Auburn for college (Go Tigers)! You’ll find him overlanding and snowboarding any chance he gets or hanging with his Golden Doodle, Miller in exploring the wonders of Texas.
Dakota was once a Traveler himself before starting his career as a recruiter so he knows the ins and outs, plus can play you some tunes on his guitar. His go-to quote is “Don’t go on discussing what a good person should be. Just be one.” – Marcus Aurelius
Cameron’s got your back, he’ll not only find you incredible assignments but can fly you there too (if you ask nicely since he has his private pilot license). Coming from Kernersville, NC, he’s a true Carolina Panthers fan who grew up playing baseball and basketball, now finding himself in Archdale, NC.
His passion for helping travelers find assignments and explore the country while making an impact is what brought Cameron to Focus Staff. It’s ironic that he quotes the office but hasn’t joined the Cowboys club (yet). “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” – Michael Scott – Michael Jordan
Amanda was born and raised in San Diego so if you have questions about California, she’s your girl! She’s both a local and a tourist, always exploring the city and what it has to offer including finding all the hidden gem speakeasies and going to local workout spots the following morning (let us know how that goes).
Her love for helping others and wanting to make a difference is clear, even taught herself the “a,b,c’s” in sign language. Her go-to quote is “They ALWAYS come back.” so we guess you’ll be seeing a lot of her.
Kylee’s a true Nebraskan, in other words, she’s moved all around NE and only roots for the Cornhuskers! You’ll find her out on the lake during the summers, reading her book with her dog, Kona, or planning her next travel adventure with her husband.
She loves dedicating her time to getting travelers on their next journey, just as they dedicate their time helping others, while learning about their backgrounds and all the amazing stories they have to share. In true College Track Record Fashion for 600m dash, Kylee lives by “Don’t look back, you’re not going that way.”
Kendall grew up in San Diego, then switched it up to South Lake Tahoe and finally, Seattle, WA. Can you guess the theme? Kendall’s a surfer and snowboarder (competitive snowboarder 😉 ). When she’s not hitting the slopes or the nearest lake or beach, you’ll find her hanging with her Pitbull Charlie.
She loves helping nurses find assignments where they thrive and get the opportunity to travel they have only dreamt of. She lives by “Hard work spotlights the character of people; some turn up their sleeves, some turn up their noses, and some don’t turn up at all.” – Sam Ewing
From Corpus Christi to Dallas, Desiree is a born and raised Texan! She’ll give you the latest scoop on the Dallas Mavericks or travel abroad tips from all the trips she never got to take (youngest born kids, we know how this feels).
Living by the quote “Tomorrow is not promised, so live for today”, Desiree understands what it means to take on challenges and helping people. “The company environment as a whole is great and shows that if you work hard it pays off!”. P.S. If you need tips on Colorado assignments, she’s your go-to guide!
Adventure-obsessed, Elisa is from the beautiful Mayaguez, Puerto Rico where she spends her time road tripping to the river or conquering her fear of heights jumping 50 feet into the river! Think that’s badass enough? She doesn’t stop there, she plans on breaking her record on her next trip. You can also find her with a pencil or paintbrush in hand – even designed some of her own tattoos.
The diversity of healthcare is what drew her to Focus Staff and having the opportunity to help healthcare professionals that intern help those she cares about. She lives by the quote, “Don’t take life too seriously, you’ll never get out of it alive.”
Demetrious was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri but since has lived in numerous cities including Chicago, Kansas City, and now Orlando! Growing up in St. Louis, he is a big St. Louis Cardinals fan, however, he also roots for the New Orleans Saints and the LA Lakers. His favorite athlete of all time is Kobe Bryant! Outside of being a big sports guy, Demetrious can cook up a storm and belt a high note (A master chef and a karaoke king!) On the weekends, you can find him working up a sweat at the gym or brunching with his friends.
Demetrious has always had a passion for the healthcare field. Finding the right candidate and employee is always his number one priority that ultimately leads him to success. His favorite quote of “work hard now so you can play even harder in the future” embodies our motto here at Focus Staff!
From the suburbs to the city, Jessica can’t get enough of everything Dallas has to offer! Ask her about her favorite barbeque and tex-mex restaurants in Dallas, her list is never-ending! Outside of work, You can find Jessica at the nearest patio happy hour with a glass of rosé in hand, walking with her fur babies, or at the yoga studio getting her vinyasa on!
Jessica’s main priority is forming a meaningful connection with her travelers – you’re more than just a number and day in and day out Jessica puts in the work to make you feel valued. Jessica is more than just your recruiter, she’s your friend! Whether you’re looking for an allied or nursing assignment, Jessica has your back!
Meet Patty! A passionate mother and wife, enthusiastic traveler, and lover of connecting with others, finds her fulfillment in engaging with healthcare workers and helping them find their place. Patty is a mom of three triplet boys and her older daughter. Raising triplets alongside her 19-year-old daughter has been both challenging and rewarding and she wouldn’t have it any other way. Listen to this — Patty and her husband made the decision in 2005 to sell their house and embark on a year-long journey around the world with their daughter who was one-year old at the time. However, their adventure didn’t stop there! They ended up traveling for 7 years and settled in Bali, Indonesia for 5 of those years! They raised their triplets on the island and created long-lasting memories — talk about a fun fact!
With her love of talking and helping people, recruiting is the perfect place for Patty. Patty is proud to be apart of the Focus Staff team where the tools and support she needs are always available to help her thrive. Patty’s favorite quote is, “Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about.” This quote always reminds her to approach the people around her with compassion and empathy and guides her actions in her work.
Living in the Southwestern region of the U.S. for most of his life, Derrick grew up in Colorado but currently resides in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Being from Denver, Derrick is an avid Denver Nuggets basketball fan. You can always find him repping the navy, white, and gold and cheering them on during game time. One unique fact about Derrick is that he can lick his elbow — How many people do you know that possess that skill? Derrick knows a thing or two about Austin, Texas and would recommend everyone he knows to visit at least once. He may even help you land your next contract there!
Derrick’s favorite quote is “Work smarter, not harder,” and he lives by it each and every day. He is passionate about healthcare staffing because he believes healthcare is an ever-evolving world that touches the lives of many people every single day. Derrick loves playing a role in getting clinicians hired that make differences in the lives of patients or even family members.
Growing up in the suburbs and moving to the city in her 20s, a piece of Ronnie’s heart remains in Chicago, Illinois! The food, summer festivals, and cheering for the Cubs are some of her favorite things about the city and will always keep her coming back when she needs a break from the heat in Dallas, TX. She just recently moved to Texas with her husband, two daughters, and two fur babies — when she is not watching her girls play soccer or perform in their dance recitals you can find her playing pickleball, tennis, or golf. Sports have always been a significant part of Ronnie’s life. Still up to this day you can catch her running bases in her neighborhood kickball league. Not only has she met a community of friends, but her team has won the championship 3 seasons in a row!
Ronnie has been a Registered Nurse for 15 years with experience as an Operating Room Nurse and a Nurse Educator. She is excited to use her prior skills to assist healthcare facilities in securing top quality healthcare professionals. Ronnie lives by a quote from Anne Frank, “Whoever is happy will make others happy too.” This encourages her to make positive impacts on those around her and to spread happiness everywhere she goes!
Kellie is dedicated and passionate about helping healthcare professionals find great jobs they will thrive in. Her favorite part about recruiting is playing a small but vital role in the healthcare world by supporting, guiding, and placing qualified candidates. One of Kellie’s favorite quotes is, “Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.” She lives by this quote and applies it to her work every day.
If Kellie had one favorite city she would recommend to someone, it would be Manhattan, New York. She loves the vibrant food scene and iconic tourist attractions such as Times Square or the Statue of Liberty and she believes there’s something for everyone in Manhattan. Something unique about Kellie is that she loves what most people consider “bad weather” — she really enjoys the rain, snow, heavy winds and loves a good thunderstorm!